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As the new year and semester begin, faculty have the opportunity to get involved in new Faculty Learning Communities (or FLCs). These are groups that meet monthly to explore an issue of interest with a small group of faculty from a variety of disciplines and are each chaired by a certain faculty member. For the year 2020, there are currently 3 FLCs:  

  • Black Lives Matter, Co-chairs Maranda Ward and Susan LeLacheur 
  • Writing for Publication Accountability Group, Chair Imani M. Cheers 
  • Democratically Engaged Assessment, Chair Wendy Wagner 

FLC chairs are selecting meeting times now, based on the availability of those interested. Contact Wendy Wagner ( as soon as possible to be included.

Students who have had impactful experiences through their community engaged scholarship should consider these next steps in sharing their work and continuing their scholarship:  

Submit a proposal for funding to implement a new initiative that builds from the engagement and learning from your course. Several opportunities exist via the Honey W. Nashman Center’s GW Upstart program. Students with relatively small projects can consider the Public Service Grant Commission. Those with larger-scale initiatives might consider the Eco-Equity Challenge, Projects for Peace, or the Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning. More information on all of these can be found here 

Submit a paper for publication to the International Undergraduate Journal for Service-learning, Leadership and Social Change.  Accepted papers include project descriptions, case studies, and reflections. 

Submit a paper for the Chase Prize. If you have written a piece that is about Washington, DC, you are encouraged to submit it to the University Writing Program's Julian Clement Chase prize. 

Apply to be GW's Newman Fellow. The Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship program sponsors one student per participating institution to be a part of this national cohort of social change leaders. Nominations are open until Jan 20, 2020 (students also have the option to self-nominate). 

The Nashman Center is in the process of creating a new area of our website that will disseminate examples of community engaged scholarship by GW faculty and students. We are asking for both faculty and students to submit their work.  

These examples of community engaged scholarship should contribute to the public good and occur in the context of reciprocal, mutually beneficial, community partnerships. Scholarly products can include research papers, advocacy pieces, presentations, creative work, product designs, lesson plans, academically grounded reflection papers or other course work.  

Please know that the Nashman Center staff will review each work and contact any relevant community partners for their permission to feature the work on our website. 

Students can submit work via this webform:  

Students in the community engaged course SUST 3003: World on a Plate were treated to an exciting last class when famous chef and activist Jose Andres prepared his famous Paella for them all, which can be read about here 

“The course examined food history, science and industry, and also incorporated current issues in the global food landscape such as immigration and the undocumented food system as well as national security and food-related health issues.”  

The students in this course served with six different community partners: FRESHFARM, Martha’s Table, DC Central Kitchen, Food & Friends, FoodPrints at Francis-Stevens, and DC Greens. The 95 students served for a total of 813 hours throughout the semester.  

We thank Dr. Tara Scully for her community engaged scholarship in this class. Learn more about her work here. If you are interested in taking a Community Engaged Course check out this link here 

We are so proud of GW Alumni and Knapp Fellow Chloe King who has been named a 2020 Marshall Scholar, making her just the fourth GW alumni to receive the scholarship.  

King, who is currently in Indonesia for a Fulbright scholarship research project, will be able to pursue two master’s degrees at two different universities in the United Kingdom over a two-year period at no cost. You can read more about her future plans here 

While at GW, King was a recipient of the Knapp Fellowship. Read more about Chloe's work as a Knapp Fellow here here. We hope you'll consider applying for a Knapp Fellowship as well.  

If you’re interested in taking a community engaged scholarship course to take this semester, look no further than HSCI 2195: Applied Health Equity. This 1-credit public health course taught by Nashman Affiliate Dr.  Maranda Ward will be held on Thursdays from 5pm-6pm. In this course, students will learn about historical health disparities affecting Black residents in wards 7 and 8 here in DC. Find out more information here  

Academia too often focuses only on research, and community engaged scholarship allows people to rehumanize their fields and to consider the impact they could have in applying what they know, to the communities most in need in Washington, DC."

Professor Sangeeta Prasad, M.Ed, Psy.D., Nashman Center Affiliate Faculty and Adjunct Professor of Human Services and Social Justice, sat down to talk with us about her community engaged scholarship class, HSSJ 2170: Interpersonal relationships, which she has taught for the past four years. The class is a part of the Human Services and Social Justice department. It focuses on helping students better understand the dynamics of relationships, which they experience through the direct service they complete for the class. This semester, the class served with six different site partners, ranging from after-school programs to senior services.

Professor Prasad shared that she believes community-engaged scholarship is important because “Academia too often focuses only on research, and community engaged scholarship allows people to rehumanize their fields and to consider the impact they could have in applying what they know to the communities most in need in Washington, DC. In my sense, as somebody who moved here like many professors, we have a responsibility to the community in which we are living and to serve our students well… community engaged learning, I think forces us in a way to grow in our capacity to listen, to reflect, and to support our students.” ...continue reading "Spotlight on Community Engaged Faculty and Course HSSJ 2170 – Interpersonal Relationships with Nashman Affiliate Sangeeta Prasad"

The online peer-reviewed journal, Science Education and Civic Engagement is seeking papers for the winter issue. They seek papers that utilize civic issues to engage students in relation to math and science. It aims to educate students so they become more active participants in their communities.  

More information on the journal itself can be found here 

Submission guidelines can be found here 

The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) launched a program called ‘Growing Voters’ which aims to not only engage 18-19-year-old voters around election time, but give them a comprehensive election education, starting at an early age. It found that “... we’re missing an opportunity to instill civic habits early in life and to tackle disparities in access before they become harder to address...” CIRCLE hoped this effort would reduce the voting gap between this block and the rest of the ‘youth’ (18-29) voters.  

CIRCLE found that facilitative voting and early registration policies can be beneficial in increasing the youth vote, a specific example being online voter registration. Another possibility is to allow youth to be involved in and inform the election process, such as through serving as election judges or poll workers. A robust and required civics education can greatly increase voter turnout among youths.  

Colorado and Nevada are two states that have done a particularly good job at implementing many of these measures while having competitive elections, and as such have among the highest youth voter turnouts.   

To read the full article published by CIRCLE, click here 

Authors Marshall Welch and Star Paxton-Moore recently published a new book, The Craft of Community Engaged Teaching and Learning. This book provides a blueprint for developing community-engaged courses and serves as a toolkit for individual readers or learning communities. It provides many interactive activities and is written in a conversational tone to assist faculty throughout the entire process – from development and implementation, to assessment and reflection.  

Check out this incredibly helpful addition to the community engagement field. Purchase here 

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